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Burma’s Airports Becoming Drug Hubs: Police

1 November 2013

Drug traffickers are increasingly using Burma’s three international airports to smuggle narcotics abroad, according to a report by Eleven Media. Police Brig-Gen Nay Win, the chief of the Aviation Police Department, told the newspaper that a large shipment was intercepted on Oct. 7 in the departure lounge of Yangon International Airport. The drugs, valued at around US $283,000, were hidden inside 18 boxes supposedly containing traditional Burmese puddings, along with a passport, a ticket to Dakar routed through Bangkok, and $400 in cash. Burma is a major world producer of illicit narcotics, most of which are smuggled overland to neighboring countries.